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Family: Cupressaceae
Callitris columellaris

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 5:198 (1866).

Synonymy: Frenela robusta Cunn. ex Mirb. var. microcarpa Benth., Fl. Aust. 6:237 (1873); C. glauca R. Br. ex R. Baker & H.G. Smith, Proc. R. Soc. N.S. W. 42:145 (1908); C. intratropica R. Baker & H.G. Smith, Pines of Australia 172 (1910); F. hugelii Carrière, Conif 73 (1855); C. hugelii (Carrière)Franco, Anais Inst. Sup. Agron. 19:12 (1952).

Common name: Northern cypress-pine, white (or Flinders Range) cypress-pine, Murray (or Flinders Range) pine.

Broad conical tree to 15 m high, though in less favourable parts of its distribution a stunted tree sometimes no higher than 3 m; leaves glaucous, occasionally dark-green, abaxial surface rounded. Peduncle 0.1-0.4 cm wide, 0.1-1.6 cm long.

Cones usually single, sometimes in groups of 2 or more, globose or subglobose, 1-3.1 cm wide, 0.7-2.2 cm long, dorsal surface finely to coarsely rugose, very occasionally with a few small tubercles; dorsal point inconspicuous; columella simple.

Published illustration: Costermans (1981) Native trees and shrubs of south-eastern Australia, p. 143; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 35.

Distribution:  Frequently occurs as a stand of trees, forming a woodland or open woodland, over a wide range of soil types and rainfall regimes.

  All mainland States.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: spring — early summer.

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Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: It can be difficult to separate this species from finely rugose cone forms of C. preissii.

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